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HH Sheikh Mohammed reviews Sky Pods at World Gov Summit in Dubai

Details provided about autonomous travel system's Unibike and Unicar models at World Government Summit [video]

HH Sheikh Mohammed and HH Sheikh Hamdan review Sky Pods at World Government Summit in Dubai.
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HH Sheikh Mohammed and HH Sheikh Hamdan review Sky Pods at World Government Summit in Dubai.

The Unibike and Unicar models of the Sky Pods futuristic transport system have been reviewed on the side lines of the World Government Summit by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai.

HH Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied by HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council and of the board of trustees of Dubai Future Foundation. 

The Sky Pods system is being developed for the UAE emirate by Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and Skyway Greentech Co amid efforts to address the city’s future mobility needs. 

Director general and chairman of the board of executive directors of RTA, Mattar Al Tayer, briefed HH Sheikh Mohammed on both models. Sky Pod technology, according to UAE state news agency, Wam, is space-efficient and consumes “considerably less area than conventional systems of the same capacity”. Additional benefits include higher energy efficiency, with Sky Pod models using five times less power than even electric vehicles. 

Al Tayer said Unibike – which “moves on steel wheels on a hanging railway – is “characterised by its small size and light weight”, and can seat two riders, travelling at speeds of up to 150 km/h.

Unibike is also fitted with electric systems, and can be topped up with power generators such as the Bicycle Dynamo technology, which would allow it to “be driven by the body mass of passengers on board”.

Commenting on the model, Al Tayer added: “It combines the features of a high-performance electric vehicle and sports and recreational features.”

Meanwhile, Unicar is designed for long-distance travel, and has been designed in line with Dubai’s urban setting and international standards. 

“These ultra-modern innovative systems have the potential of enhancing smooth mobility through the construction of an elevated network connecting high-rise buildings,” the RTA official continued. 

Al Tayer added: “Each pod has a capacity of four to six seated riders and can travel at a speed of 150 km/h.”

The development of Sky Pods is part of RTA’s efforts towards the achievement of the Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy, which aims to convert 25% of Dubai’s total journeys into autonomous vehicle-led travel by 2030.

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